Below are some ways you can work online and not leave the house, aka be a WAHM, AND without having to worry about any inventory.
This is my favorite way to earn an income from blogging so far. And I have the most experience at. As you know I wrote about affiliate selling in my last post and I am sure there will be more to come.
Basically ads for you site from Google, and you do not need a minimum amount of traffic. Yet, let me also confess, you do need a great amount of traffic to make a good living using Adsense.
I earn some extra cash with Google AdSense through my Hubpages account and my Blogger blogs. It did not happen overnight and it is still not paying the bills but every month my account grows. When I get my first check, I’ll be sure to post it.
You can also earn using Google Ads on Niche sites.
-Get to know SEO techniques well. You will need a lot of traffic to your site in order to earn a living.
-Never click on your own ads. That is the quickest way to get banned.
Sunil from Extra Money Blog explains beautifully how to earn with Google Ads.
7 Good Reasons Why Google AdSense Sucks Cautionary tips to avoid.
Advertise on Your Blog
When you start getting decent traffic to your blog you can sell space on it for advertising. Many blogs can earn an income doing this successfully.
I am still up in the air about advertising on RWAHM. I am very picky about what goes in my sidebar and margins. And, frankly, some advertisers are selling crap. I want nothing to do with that. Yes, I know I can control who I advertise for but I don’t know if I want to deal with advertisers yet.
-Don’t attempt to advertise until you have a solid history on your site. Companies want a solid blog to advertise on, not one that will disappear the day after they pay you.
-The subject matter of the blog and how many visits you get monthly determines the quality and quantity of advertisers. Some will advertise on your blog with as little as 100 visits a day yet some will consider 10,000/day. Do your research. Check out other blogs in your niche to see who they advertise.
-Have a page for “Advertise Here” with numbers representing your page views and visits per month.
Do you have an expertise in something? In your past life (before kids) were you the fitness expert? The marketing maniac? The bookkeeper who kept the books perfect?
Those talents are not lost just because you decided to stay home with the kids. Earn some extra cash online doing something you love.
-Consulting is not what we in the online business consider “passive income”. Consulting takes a lot of your time not only to gain clients but also to keep them.
-To get great exposure and prove you know your subject, frequent forums and blogs that are in your niche and compliment it. Leave amazing comments and content behind. Soon people will seek you out.
Virtual Assistant (VA)
I heard that virtual assistants are in hot demand these days. These are people that take on tasks for others from a remote location. (I’m thinking a tropical island? Maybe?)
-Start a website/blog to get your name out there, you need to put the “virtual” in the assistant.
-Be super organized (or at least look like you are) because the person or company hiring you is hiring you for just that.
Much like consulting you should have a good knowledge of your industry before you jump into freelancing online. And much like virtual assistants, many types of freelancers are in hot demand. Freelancers are web designers, writers, programmers, researchers and sometimes even fun jobs.
-Build a portfolio online and off, your clients will want to see what you have done, especially if you are new to them with no online history.
-Be detail oriented. Ask for definite dates, times and details to your new jobs. You do not want bad reviews and lost jobs because a client didn’t give details. Ask everything.
46 Productivity Tips for Freelancers Wow! 46 Links to some amazing bloggers and freelance experts. The post is from 2008 so if the links don’t work the site itself is a great resource.
Fiverr Five dollars for smaller, sometimes more fun, jobs
Personally I do not like taking surveys. I did them when my children were smaller and lost patience. But I firmly believe that is because I didn’t know what I was doing and there were barely any references I could read about them back then.
Now I know more about surveys (still don’t want to do them) and I can pass some info onto you.
If you like to give your opinion and are willing to put some time in, survey taking is a good job. It can blossom into more work in panels that pay more and/or free stuff.
-Always be truthful. If you lie the agency can and most likely will delete your account.
-There are many sites to do surveys, yet some are not reputable. Survey Police has been around for a long time and are very trustworthy. Before you join a survey agency check with them first. You do not want to be the victim of spammers and info sellers.
-Join as many as you can to make your odds greater at earning. Many surveys only pay $1-3. I have heard of more but that is usually seasoned survey takers with a history with the company.
Reputable Survey Agencies:
http://www.pineconeresearch.com/ Only by invite so keep an eye out for banners and posts when they open invitations.
All of these ways to work on the Internet from home are legitimate but that does not mean overnight success or even success at all. You must work hard for what you earn online.
I would also like to suggest you work on one at a time. Last year I was writing for Hubpages, maintaining a few blogs, and doing work at Swagbucks, among all the other smaller tasks. It was too much work. I decided my blog and the content here was most important to me and most rewarding so for the last 6 months that is what I have been concentrating on.
Don’t stretch yourself too thin, especially in the beginning of your journey. Get to know one type of online work and do it well. When that blossoms you can put it on maintenance mode and try more ventures. It is too much work to stretch so thin.
Or you can always hire a VA…
How do you work on the Internet?
Did I miss any more ways to work from home online?
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